Square Enix presented the upcoming Wii U version of Dragon Quest X at their company event stage at Tokyo Game Show this morning.
The game will be playable on the Wii U GamePad alone, giving players the option to enjoy the game in its entirety while lying down. On the TV screen, the image quality is HD, however the image quality on the GamePad is not. Switching between the TV screen and GamePad screen can be done via the menu in “Various Options,” and is a smooth process.
The Wii U version sets to improve upon the visual dynamics of the Wii version. Though, it might look better than the Wii version due to its higher dot density. For instance, shadows are now formed to a character’s shape and move with them instead of being round shape like in the Wii version. Also, the number of characters that can be seen on screen has increased and all the event scenes have been recreated in high-definition.
A point emphasized at the demonstration was that there is no difference in game content, so Wii U players will play on the same servers as Wii players. You can use the same account you’ve been using on Wii to play the game on Wii U, however, you’ll still need to purchase the game for Wii U.
A beta test for the Wii U version will occur in the future, however a concrete date has not been set. Guests of the presentation wondered if players who have been playing the Wii version who plan on purchasing the Wii U will be eligible to participate in the beta test. Developers respnonded with the following:
“Since it’s technically possible, we’re considering it if there is demand for it. However, there will likely be high level limit in the beta test, it’s very likely that participants won’t be receiving experience points even if their characters are high level.”
Watch a video of the Wii U version in action below.
On September 22, Square Enix will host another stage event, where something regarding the Wii U version’s release date may be discussed.